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Farming

Menus for cows?

Dairy cow A trial under way in South Taranaki is looking at whether it's worth giving measured amounts of feed to individual cows.

Expansion may post challenge

Studholme chimney 9:17am Fonterra's proposed new Studholme expansion could provide a challenge to recruit for 250 positions.

Water storage feasibility study

The area of Jason Christensen’s property at Te Mara which could go under water. Greater Wellington Regional Council will spend $4m on the feasibility stage of its Wairarapa water storage proposals.

Chilean prickly pest threatening farms

TIM CRONSHAW - The Press

needle grass Chilean needle grass has embedded itself in farmland between Cheviot and Parnassus.

Appetite still strong for land

Scott Mirfin The sale of two Canterbury dairy farms is at odds with expectations lower payout forecasts would cut investment appetite.

Opinion poll

Is it time for authorities to introduce tougher penalties for poaching?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: Booby traps for poachers cost farmers

A nail in coffin

Jon Morgan So, you don't want a wool levy? I'd be interested to know why.

Housing v farming

The urbanisation of agricultural land is essentially an irreversible process.

New cowsheds create wide divide

Some warning signs

Menus for cows?

Dairy cow A trial under way in South Taranaki is looking at whether it's worth giving measured amounts of feed to individual cows.

Appetite still strong for land

The sale of two Canterbury dairy farms is at odds with expectations lower payout forecasts would cut investment appetite.

Well placed to handle change

250 jobs possible

Expansion may post challenge

Fonterra's proposed new Studholme expansion could provide a challenge to recruit for 250 positions.

Approach pays dividends

Mark, left, and Richard Chrystall are farming for future generations. A Taihape farming business is a fusion of the family and the corporate.

Meat exports hit high

NZ meat exports reached record high of $5.3bn in 2013-14, despite the high dollar, with exports up $480m on last season.

Status quo is inefficient

NZ beef shortage lifts prices

Teamwork a key to success

Award-winning farmers closely monitor their soil's needs to avoid harming the environment.

Wool merger should be simpler

Wool scouring A second go at merging the country's biggest wool scourers should be simpler without a receiver involved, an advocate for the deal says.

Job boost on cards

Two major players in New Zealand's wool industry want to merge and expand operations in Timaru.

Low water table worries

Thriving on high-sugar grass

Wool farmers to buy yarn mill

A group of wool farmers has proved successful in buying a failed Christchurch yarn mill.

Arable farmers feel dairy farmers' pain

Maize growers will need a good season to compensate for a drop in maize contract prices this season. Dairy farmers are not the only ones reeling from the recent dairy price drop - dairy support and maize growers are worried too.

Dive bombers to protect vineyards

A vineyard manager who will bring home three rare, ferocious predators is excited but a little overwhelmed.

EU cuts red tape for organic wines

Niche maize at risk?

Plaintiffs delay filing of Psa claim

A group attempting to sue the government over the 2010 PSA outbreak has delayed filing key papers in the High Court for the second time in less than a week.

Chilean prickly pest threatening farms

needle grass Chilean needle grass has embedded itself in farmland between Cheviot and Parnassus.

Droving bylaw fight

Council asked to ''get out of farmers' hair'' over bylaw proposal that will require permits for the frequent movement of livestock.

Council 1080 backing 'toxic'

Fieldays thinks big

Water storage feasibility study

Greater Wellington Regional Council will spend $4m on the feasibility stage of its Wairarapa water storage proposals.

Build skills for emotional resilience

Doug Avery Suicide is only the visible tip of a great iceberg of depression casting a chill over the New Zealand's mental and economic wellbeing.

Killer disease not unique

Mysterious liver disease killing hundreds of cows was a freak event but not unique according to a veterinary pathologist.

Beet the bolters

Cute and cuddly killers?

There is a way through

Capable, durable, versatile, it, could be said that farmers, are the ultimate DIYers, the, quintessential kiwi blokes.

Live NZ fish heading overseas

Hoki Live fish caught in New Zealand's inshore fisheries could soon be winging or swimming their way to lucrative markets in Australia and Asia.

Aquaculture courses a first

Two new aquaculture qualifications are being launched by Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.

Salmon feedback sought

Live mussel export ban

Social licence vital for aquaculture

New Zealand's $400 million aquaculture industry needs to earn its "social licence" as it looks to grow to a $1 billion sector by 2025.

Loving the lifestyle

Letitia Hamill An ambitious young dairy manager enjoys every day on the job.

Still horsing round at 76

Showing horses is in Thelma Busby's blood.

Life is busy

Silage bale wrap goes pink

Friends united

While many Women's Institutes are struggling for members, one such group in Manawatu is bucking the trend.